November 16, 2014
Posted in reviews

Photozone tests the Olympus 14-42mm EZ. And says the Panasonic PZ is the better option.

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Photozone (Click here) tested the Olympus M.Zuiko 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 ED EZ

Combined with a small MFT camera such as the Panasonic GM1 or GM5, it is really a pocketable setup similar to a high-quality digicam. Unfortunately the reduced size comes at a price. The optical quality isn’t quite comparable to the best standard zoom lenses of the system.
Well, the king isn’t dead yet – the Panasonic Lumux G X 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 PZ Power OIS remains the best option in this class.

November 16, 2014
Posted in news

Weekly 43rumors readers pictures roundup.


Cesar Luis
Nov 9th, 5:02pm
GH4 + olympus 35mm f2.8

1) You can share your pics by using the message box on our 43rumors Facebook page (Click here).
2) All 43rumors readers pictures can be seen here: facebook.com/43rumors/photos. Like the pictures you like and chat with the authors if you want to know how they took the shot!
3) The most liked pictures and some pics selected by myself will be posted weekly on 43rumors

This is the weekly selection:
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November 15, 2014
Posted in deals

First “overpriced” 40-150mm PRO in Stock at Amazon. And new image samples.

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First PRO zoom lenses are in Stock at Amazon US via third party resellers. But like you see there is a heavy $400 extra to pay. Just wait a couple of days more until Amazon itself will have them in Stock! In the meantime check out these Olympus M.Zuiko PRO 40-150mm f/2.8 Sample Photos at ePhotozine.

40-150mm PRO shipping info at:
In USA/Canada at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto, GetOlympus and GetOlympus Canada.
In Europe at Wex UK, Technikdirekt and Amazon.
In Asia at Digitalrev and Amazon Japan.

November 15, 2014
Posted in reviews

Samyang/Rokinon 12mm f/2.0 NCS CS MFT Video Test Review (Guest post by Pier Yves Menkhoff)

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43rumors readers Pier Yves Menkhoff wrote the very first review of the new Samyang/Rokinon 12mm f/2.0 NCS CS MFT lens! The lens is available on preorder in Black and Silver:
Black at Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
Silver at Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).

Thanks Pier!

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Samyang Rokinon 12mm F/2.0 NCS CS MFT
from Pier-Yves Menkhoff on Vimeo.

I film events where I am often in “emergency” position. I need a reactive material with many automatisms. Until now, I was convinced that I would never have the time to do a manual focus on professional shooting where “emergency” is needed. I rediscovered the manual mode with the DMC-GH4 and the Focus Peaking on a Bar Mitzvah (…….). No one automatism.
The Panasonic 12-35mm F/2.8 is excellent. However, it is difficult to zoom and to do a focus within a meter of someone dancing. We have to make a choice. I have long been tempted by the Olympus 12mm F/2.0. But it is expensive and almost impossible to find in black.
I then “squinted” to the “exotic” brands. The Samyang Rokinon and other Sigma are not directed to the ayatollahs of the photo. Nothing will ever be perfect with them. They have preconceived ideas. For them, nothing beats a Leica, Nikon, Canon, etc. lens. Just take a look on the French photo websites or magazines. They are unable to compare what is not comparable. They have the same a priori between full frame and mirrorless.
Samyang Optics has celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2012. It manufactures and markets optics under the Vivitar brand, Samyang, Rokinon, walimex, Bower or Pro-Optic brand according to the continent where they are distributed. The “low cost” is due to the absence of coupling with the camera. The Samyang brand is poorly distributed in France. No collaboration can be expected from the importer. I need to buy the Samyang Rokinon 12mm for testing.
The Samyang 12mm F/2.0 NCS costs 339 € in Europe. For this price, the videographer or photographer are more than worth the money. The 12mm comes in a box that was not ashamed of the comparison with the “big” brands. The Lens hood and a pouch are included in standard.
The appearance is professional and appealing. The Samyang is not a “cheap” lens. It is constructed with 12 elements in 10 groups, including two aspherical with a beautiful opening at F/2.0. It weighs 255 grams on Micro 4/3 version. It also accepts filters with a diameter of 67 mm. The lens hood is relatively large. It gives a “Pro” look to the camera.

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We must be realistic. For 339 €, no automation, everything is manual. The focus ring is wide, long and endless. It is quite firm. Even too. The focus becomes easier with the Focus Peaking included to the DMC-GH4, a DMC-GM1 or DMC-GX7. If you want to use the “magnifying glass”, you will have to activate and the register the function via Fn shortcut. About the aperture ring, the setting of the opening is by notch. Notching represents no discomfort in video mode. The DMC-GH4 records no operating noise.
Samyang announces a development between 20 cm and infinity for the focus. In fact, very positive, the development can be made at about ten centimeters from the subject.
The shooting of the film below was made with a DMC-GH4 with the Samyang 12mm F / 2.0. By the absence of second camera, several shots have been made for the piece on the piano. I would like to thank Nathalia Romanenko for her collaboration.
I let the reader to judge what is comparable. The Samyang does not suffer too much from the comparison with the Panasonic 12-35mm in 12mm mode. I will not talk to you “dive center” and “soft edges.” I will not talk about chromatic aberration, contrast, tone, diffraction. Photo Life is not an autopsy. The image of Rokinon Samyang is very good and professional. My only “minus” comes to the focus. Even with the Focus Peaking function, it seems to me less accurate than any Panasonic, Leica, Olympus, etc. lens. The distance scale seems more confused. For the defense of Samyang, the light of the church was not very nice …

November 15, 2014
Posted in news

A bit of everything…(LUMIX GM Lenses with Scott Mellish)


Learn more about the new LUMIX GM Lenses with Scott Mellish

Panasonic FZ1000 Shooter’s Report Part II: Head-to-head with the Sony RX10, but which will triumph? (Imaging Resource).
Our Olympus PEN Lite E-PL7 Review (Steve Digicams).

Omar:Below is a link to my new book that I just published.  The book represents an evolution of camera equipment while taking photographs for the past 12-13yrs years.  I started out using SLRs and slide film for my first photographs, then DSLRs, and then moved to m43 (GH1 and E-PM2) and LX3-7 because of their portability while going on 160 km backpacking trips. http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/sinai-omar-attum/1118923689?ean=9789774166617

Erik:I just got back from a week-long trip to Iceland and put together this beautiful video I shot with my LX100.  I had my GH4 with me on this trip, but it stayed in my bag for the most part after discovering how much I loved shooting with the LX100.  The video quality is fantastic and pretty close to the quality the GH4 produces.  Here’s the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qkvoptWnkxQ

Sjoerd:Recently I started a new website about Micro Four Thirds in the Netherlands (in Dutch) http://www.micro-four-thirds.nl. I hope that this site will contribute in the popularity of MFT, as in the media MFT is often overruled by the bigger DSLR brands. On the site I try to blog about photography as wel as video. I’ve added a link to your site. This summer I went with my family to Malaysia where I shot this video on a GH3 http://youtu.be/9ej9hYUkN9k

Sagie:Here is a fashion editorial/video art that I filmed with my GH4 camera and infra red (pink) effect (Panasonic 75 – 300mm, 12-35mm 2.8), photographed at The Loch, a natural untouched area in Central Park New York.
You are more than welcome to watch and share: https://vimeo.com/111251078

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